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Scala eyes Saudi manufacturing sector

The US$73.4 million ERP vendor Scala Solutions is increasing its focus on the Saudi manufacturing sector. Scala has announced plans to increase its Saudi market share for ERP manufacturing solutions, which is pegged at more than US$30 million this year.

The US$73.4 million ERP vendor Scala Solutions is increasing its focus on the Saudi manufacturing sector. Scala has announced plans to increase its market share for ERP manufacturing solutions, which is pegged at more than US$30 million in the Kingdom for 2004.

According to a forecast by IDC, uptake of ERP manufacturing solutions like the company’s iScala 2.2 Manufacturing Planning and Control Software (MPC) was expected to grow at a CAGR of over 10% in the Kingdom through 2008 for discreet manufacturing, and over 7% in the case of process manufacturing.

“Globally, use of ERP solutions has proven to be a boon in intelligent manufacturing and the increasing adoption of solutions like iScala 2.2 MPC tool is a significant indicator of the maturity of the IT market in Saudi Arabia and the region in general,” says Ziad Aqrabawi, regional managing director of the DIC-based Scala Business Solutions Middle East.

Scala says its MPC, which is based on the manufacturing resources planning (MRP) II concept makes it ideal for repetitive manufacturing needs such as make-to-stock (MTS), make-to-order (MTO), assemble-to-order (ATO) or engineer-to-order (ETO).

“The advantages of iScala 2.2 MPC solution has been well received in the market of Saudi Arabia and the potential is very high. Our tools [also] support just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing and quality control activities that are needed to meet ISO 9000, EDI, CIM and other quality-based control environments,” explains Samer Shafeek, sales manager, Scala Arabia.

Scala, claims the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the fastest growing and largest market for its ERP solutions in the region. The vendor reports that nearly 90% of existing Scala ERP users in the Kingdom are using the MPC solution.

“All the GCC countries are taking part in non-oil economic diversification to become self-reliant, export-oriented and in the long run to stop being import-led economies,” adds Aqrabawi.

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